Friday, November 29, 2013
Green Day: Miami + December = Trouble?
By Rich Cimini
Two records worth pondering as the New York Jets prepare to face the Miami Dolphins Sunday at MetLife Stadium:
1. For some reason, the Jets have struggled against the Dolphins under Rex Ryan -- a 3-5 record. You can explain a losing record against a team like the New England Patriots, but the Dolphins? They haven't registered a winning season since 2008. Nevertheless, they've caused serious problems for the Jets, winning with different coaches (Joe Philbin and Tony Sparano) and different quarterbacks (Chad Henne, Matt Moore and Ryan Tannehill).
2. Sunday is Dec. 1. The final month on the calendar hasn't been friendly to the Jets. Under Ryan, they're 10-10 after Dec. 1, including 6-9 over the past three seasons. They ended the past two seasons on three-game losing streaks. For whatever reason, they haven't mastered the art of finishing. In 2011 and 2012, the late skids were due largely to inept offense. Considering the way they've played the past two weeks, this could have the makings of another frosty December.
ICYMI: The Jets practiced Thanksgiving, but there was no media access. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie (hip) missed practice for the second straight day, according to the official injury report. He's iffy for Sunday. Receiver Santonio Holmes (hamstring) also sat out, but he expected to play. ... Statistically, the run defense rivals that of the celebrated 2000 Baltimore Ravens. ... What's going on with receiver Stephen Hill?